India grounds six Boeing 787 Dreamliners over security fears

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 05:03 hrs

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Arun Mishra said on Thursday that India has grounded national carrier Air India's six Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets over the aircraft's safety after the same decision was made by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

He further said that there is no clarity on when the Dreamliners will be back in service.

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had also said on late Wednesday evening that India's airline regulator will decide on whether or not to ground national carrier Air India's Boeing Dreamliner jets after the US company submits a report on the aircraft's safety.

"Air India is checking with DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and DGCA has to decide but there are many other airlines who are still working, even United in USA is working so after discussing with DGCA, air India will decide," Ajit Singh said.

The decision came after Boeing report on the Dreamliner.

Meanwhile Japan's two leading airlines have also grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners soon after one of the Dreamliners landed in emergency.

Pilots on the All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner made the emergency landing in Japan on Wednesday after an apparent battery error triggered warnings in the cockpit.

It's the latest and most serious incident to hit the Dreamliner, which is the world's first mainly carbon-composite airliner.

In 2012 India had taken the delivery of the first Boeing 787 commercial widebody airplane. (ANI)

More from Sify: